Posted on September 6, 2022 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author Barbara Ehrenreich, best known for her experiment on living on minimum wage, died Thursday at the age of eighty-one.

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America — for which the author took a series of simultaneous low-wage jobs, to explore how such workers survive — was among her twenty-plus books and came later in her career, but it was the novel that added popular acclaim to the critical acclaim she'd already received.

Her editor told the New York Times that Ehrenreich's desire had always been to call attention to ordinary people and the "overlooked and the forgotten."

That led to works covering such themes as aging, women's rights, health care — and, of course, the labor market and the myth of the American dream.

Read more about Ehrenreich's life and career in the NY Times's obituary.

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